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I was a fan of the Star Wars expanded universe. I got as excited for getting new Star Wars galleys as I did getting a new China Mieville, George R.R. Martin, or Steven Erikson Arc, and Timothy Zahn’s core 5 books in the EU, the Thrawn Trilogy and following duology, are among my favorite chapters of Star Wars history Period from any medium. Even the most enthusiastic fan of Star Wars and the work Del Rey has done with the license, however, will admit there have been lows to go along with highs, many of them seem universally agreed upon, and many others are personal gems or dislikes that make the conversation that much more interesting. I think it helpful to know where people stand or stood on former works, so with that in mind, along with the Zahn contributions, I really enjoyed what Karen Traviss accomplished with Stormtroopers, I »
- Jay Tomio
The Star Wars franchise is going strong 38 years later. But what about the artists and filmmakers who helped make the 1977 original a hit?
In theatres all over the world in 1977, audiences thrilled at the sights and sounds of Star Wars. Harking back to a bygone age of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, it also pointed forward to the coming age of ubiquitous computers and special effects-led blockbusters.
But while the triumphant fanfare of John Williams' score gave Star Wars a confident swagger, its success was far from preordained. George Lucas reworked his script time and again; studios turned his concept down; even the production was rushed and torturous.
By now, the contribution George Lucas, John Williams and Star Wars' cast made to cinema is well documented. But what about some of the other artists, technicians and fellow filmmakers who helped to make the movie such a success? Here's »
These days, we're used to the marketing hype for a major film building up about two years ahead of release. Visitors to Comic-Con got a preview of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, for example, more than two years ahead of its due date. Our collective hunger for a first look at major forthcoming films is such that, it seems, studios are keen to show off their work-in-progress earlier and earlier.
But there are ways of teasing a forthcoming movie without showing a frame of the finished product, which is where the following list comes in. They're all examples of promos that manage to get across the flavour of a future film without going into story details. Some of them were made before a foot of celluloid was exposed, »
The first official teaser for the long-awaited Jurassic World featured plenty of exposition – but a depressing lack of dinosaurs. The folks behind the movie's new global trailer, however, have gone to great lengths to rectify the situation by showcasing all kinds of CGI behemoths – from a monstrous, hungry sea beast (the "mosasaurus") to a winged dino that picks up a woman and soars away.
Picking up 22 years after the timeline in the original Jurassic Park, the new film focuses on a dinosaur park operated by the Masrani Global Corporation on »
Rogue One is to feature a Death Star heist plot.
The Star Wars spin-off will focus on a group of rebels who plot to steal blueprints for the battle station.
LucasFilm released an official synopsis, which read: "a band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to "steal the Death Star plans."
He revealed that the "resistance fighters" would be without "magical powers", saying: "The absence of the Jedi hangs over the movie".
— Star Wars (@starwars) April 19, 2015
But the actor has now spoken out himself on the rumours.
Comingsoon.net reports he said: "All I can say is that I've heard these rumours myself and I would be thrilled if something like that were to come to pass, and I can say with all truthfulness that there's nothing definitive to those rumours. So who knows?"
It was a roar heard around the galaxy.
The latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was unveiled on Thursday with fans watching it on YouTube and Facebook more than 25 million times. The buzz on it is insane!
Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaacs as well as veterans of the original saga Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, and Peter Mayhew joined director J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy (producer) as they kicked off Star Wars Celebration and gave those assembled at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA a first look.
Now that the Force is back, it left millions of fans dissecting every inch of the new trailer. What’s with the new weapons? Who was Mark Hamill referring to? Will it be some reincarnation thing using the force? Is it the reason the force has awakened? And will Abrams include Darth/Anakin in the 7th film. »
- Movie Geeks
From the off-set, the inspired second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awaken made it crystal clear that J.J. Abrams’ upcoming sequel would take place years after the events of Return of the Jedi. Heck, even the haunting opening shot included a downed Star Destroyer, crashed on Rey’s arid home planet of Jakku, hinting that the legacy of the old trilogy will underpin Abrams’ rebooted universe as opposed to influencing it directly.
As a matter of fact, it now appears that the totalitarian Empire will be referred to as the New Order, while the Rebel Alliance has been rebranded as simply The Resistance. To reflect this change, each faction has witnessed their respective logos be tweaked, too, with the most prominent being the New Order’s blood-red banner glimpsed from yesterday’s trailer. It’s a neat, wholly welcome change, and one that marks a new era for »
- Michael Briers
Here we are, less than 12 hours after Lucasfilm premiered the second Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens trailer at Swca and already the official YouTube versions has tallied over 12 million views.
And why not? The trailer, presented by director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy, reeks of Original Trilogy nostalgia from the get-go. It begins with imagery of a desert planet not named Tatooine where a speeder races past a crashed and decrepit X-Wing and Star Destroyer, relics of a bygone era and conflict. Its a striking image that serves of a tease of what's to come.
From there the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer kicks up some famous John Williams as Mark Hamill recreates a passage from Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi where Luke reveals to Leia their family connection. He mentions his father as Darth Vader's charred helmet is revealed. »
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18, 2015. The movie is directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, and features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with John Williams returning as composer. »
“Are you okay?” a co-worker asked me soon after hearing me screaming. I had been watching the debut of the new teaser-trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and I had momentarily lost control of my body. Here is my best attempt at re-creating my internal monologue.Oh God, it’s my favorite of John Williams’s leitmotifs, the one that plays when Luke is learning magic things on Dagobah* in The Empire Strikes Back. This is gonna be good, please let this be good. Okay, a desert landscape, pretty standard-issue for the ol’ Wars canon. Hope this doesn’t turn out to be a regurgitation of shots from that first teaser. Wait. Wait, wait, wait. Is that a crashed X-Wing? On the surface of a planet? Oh God, the theories were true about this new trilogy taking place during a period where the Galactic Civil War has »
- Abraham Riesman
The talented team of filmmakers and actors shared a behind the scenes look at the upcoming film and, to the surprise of fans around the world, debuted a brand new teaser trailer.
Watch the panel here.
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, »
- Melissa Thompson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, »
- Derek Anderson
“Chewie, we’re home.”
The second teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens dropped on Thursday during the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams from a script by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan.
Much like the first teaser, this one builds up the excitement with the reveals of some familiar faces while keeping us still in the dark as to the story. The trailer shows off a ton of new footage (that desert shot!), but still hasn’t given us the complete package with what the movie has to offer, which is totally fine.
The best part though has to be the final shot, which reveals the first look at the aged Han Solo (Harrison Ford), telling Chewbacca that they are home. We still haven’t seen Mark Hamill or Carrie Fisher in any of the footage, but there is still a lot »
- Zach Dennis
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek), scripted by Abrams along with Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), is scheduled for theatrical release this Christmas. The upcoming film stars original trilogy cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker, and are joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. Legendary composer John Williams will return to create the score. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is scheduled for theatrical and IMAX release on on December 18th, 2015. »
- Pietro Filipponi
We'll most likely get an official image release and plenty more besides tomorrow! Are you guys hyped for the new trailer? Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18, 2015. The movie is directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, and features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with John Williams returning as composer. »
For over three decades, the bellow of a triumphant orchestra has indicated it is time to shut up and sit down because “Star Wars” is about to begin. The iconic Fox fanfare was composed by Alfred Newman way back in 1933. For “A New Hope,” composer John Williams created his own addendum to stretch the opening score out to encompass the Lucasfilm title card. Ever since, that music been the jumping off point for generations of Star Wars fans the world over. But now, a new era has begun. With Lucasfilm shedding their partnership with 20th Century Fox and joining the Disney fold, the drums have to be left behind. The digital release of the complete “Star Wars” saga is the first time Disney has gotten to test drive their new score. My opinion? Needs more percussion but otherwise, it sounds fine. You can never go home again, but it's not a deal breaker. »
- Donna Dickens
As the world prepares to completely lose its mind with the release of the new Star Wars film, it is obviously time to try to stir the pot as much as possible. That in mind, the previous films from the franchise are going to be released on April 10th in digital edition, and with some new bonuses to help sucker you in to the purchase.
They also come with the legacy bonus content, and put together, these are impressive releases. I don’t want to overly comment on how many sales the first three episodes are going to get, but if you need to catch up on the universe in general, this is your chance. And, since we’re looking at a new generation who need to get on board for the new film, this is the way to go.
Take a look at all the bonus potential below, and »
- Marc Eastman
Excitement continues to build we pull closer to the release of Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World this summer, and here’s some brand new images from the sound decks deep within Hollywood where composer Michael Giacchino is hard at work laying down the score for the summer tentpole.
Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.
Giacchino, who has penned the soundtracks to the likes of Star Trek Into Darkness, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and the upcoming Tomorrowland, takes over musical duties on the franchise that kicked off with John Williams’ superb original score to Jurasssic Park back in 1993. While these »
- Paul Heath
According to The Wrap, the Bloodline actor is being eyed by Disney and Lucasfilm for a key role in the upcoming spinoff.
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Watch a 2015 blockbuster supercut, featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens, »
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